Post 35: The Israeli Government’s 8 point plan to combat terror and my conversation with Arab Israelis on the 19 bus: Rye Pasta From 101 Cooks and Skinnytaste Oatmeal cookies.

I don’t think a bus trip from end to end takes more than 40 minutes. On a decent length bus trip, my basic Arabic book accompanies me. On any given day, many Arabic speakers are on the #19 bus. It’s route thru the Arab sections of East Jerusalem, brings a caravan of mothers and children to shop along on Jaffa Street. The bus climbs to it’s final destination, Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem.

Today, the seat that beckoned to me was next to an older Arab lady and opposite a younger woman, obviously her daughter. An adorable toddler was busy on the floor playing with a cell-phone. I had my Arabic book in hand, and immediately my neighbor peered into it. I comment in Arabic that I am a student. And off we went.

We started with a vocabulary page. The lady didn’t speak Hebrew. We exchanged, “How are yous”. Baruch Ha Shems. ” She pointed up to the heavens. I did too. The vocabulary list contained the Arabic equivalent to Hadassah Hospital. We both nodded to each other when we came to it, and said the equivalent of “Baruch Hashem for Hadassah Hospital.” We laughed and again pointed up to the heavens. People facing us were all smiling.

If I were really fluent, I would have asked if she knows about the plan, being spearheaded by MK Yariv Levin. He is said to have formulated a bill at the behest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which allegedly will give the police and security establishment the tools it needs to create “real deterrence.” Politicians must think that that the average Joe is stupid. On the books are laws to preserve the rights of protest. The Israel Supreme Court will probably knock most of the points down.

“From revoking the citizenship to baring the Palestinian flag in riots, the bill stipulates eight central moves:”

1-Israeli Arabs caught engaging or cooperating with terror will automatically lose their citizenship – or Palestinian Authority residency, in the case of Palestinians.

(This looks very broad and expedient. Do we really want this without due process?)

2-After completing their prison term, terrorists will be deported from Israel. (Will this really take place?)

3-Those killed during their attempt to conduct a terror attack will not receive a funeral.

4-The body of terrorists will not be transferred to their families, and will be buried in an unknown location, without ceremony and without future access for their families. (I agree with points 3 and 4.)

5-Terrorists’ houses will be destroyed within 24-hours of the attack.

6-Masked stone throwers and those inciting for terror and violence participating in illegal protests in which firebombs or fireworks were thrown will be arrested and held in remand until the completion of legal procedures against them. The same measures will be taken against those who waved an ‘enemy flag’ during the protests, including the Palestinian flag. Anyone convicted at the end of their remand will lose their social welfare benefits and driving license for a 10 year period.

(We certainly have the means to keep demonstrations under 50 people. Can’t we require masks to be removed?)

The Palestinian flag has, unfortunately, become associated with genocidal terrorist organizations like Hamas, and ultra-nationalist Arab supremacist organizations like the Palestinian Authority. Just like flags with the swastika are banned in many countries, one can see how such a symbol can be banned, as waving it is often a sign of support for such hateful groups, and is hence considered hate speech.

I’m not saying the Palestinian flag should be banned, or that swastika flags should be banned. I’m saying that if one can understand why it could be consider reasonable to ban swastika flags, then one can also understand why it could be considered reasonable for Israel to ban the Palestinian flag.

From the Official Charter of the Palestinian people, and their elected government, Article 7:

Muslims will fight the Jews and

kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0

Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!

I think banning their flag is sometimes appropriate. However, if waving a flag helps gives peaceful expression to aspirations, it’s ok.

7-Families of terrorists will lose their citizenship and will be deported to Gaza should they express support for their relative’s deed. Support, according to the bill, can be expressed through public or social media. ( This is really strong.)

8-The bill also includes a clause that would close businesses and printing presses that print posters that support terror or terrorists.

The bill further stipulates that a business can now request the police to inform them whether anyone of their employers has ever been held in relation to a security related offense and give them the right to fire such an employee. Any comments?


Rye Pasta Recipe

December 7, 2014

I’ve switched things up the past few days and have been rolling thin rye pasta. It’s a nice option for the winter months, it freezes well (so I can make a lot in one go), and you can drop tangles of the noodles into a range of restorative winter broths.

These rye noodles boiled, then tossed with a big spoonful of salsa verde, splash of cream, and toasted almonds made a respectable ten-minute lunch topped with a poached egg. They were also good with lemon verbena infused olive oil, roasted crescents of delicata squash, and toasted hazelnuts (left over from this).

A pasta machine makes easy work of a task like noodle making, there’s no reason you can’t roll this dough out by hand. Be sure to allow the dough to rest, then roll it thin on a surfaced floured as lightly as you can get away with. If your dough is at all sticky, dust it with semolina flour to prevent sticking, but avoid over flouring. Fold it over on itself a few times, and slice with a sharp knife. Thanks to each of you who left comments last week. You’re a big part of why I enjoy sharing and exploring ideas and recipes here. I am so very appreciative of each of you.

Rye Pasta Dough
1 cup rye flour
1 cup semolina flour
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 large egg, whisked
1/4 cup cold water, plus more as needed
special equipment: spray bottle filled with water, pasta attachment to KitcheAide or pasta machine
Making pasta takes a bit of patience and practice. It’s more about developing a feel for the dough, versus following a precise recipe. With this dough, you’re after a specific consistency, not too wet, not too dry. Before rolling out, the dough should be taught and elastic, similar in consistency to the palm of your hand. You get there through a process of kneading and adjusting. Let’s give it a go.
To make the pasta dough, start by combining the flours and salt, turning it out onto a large (preferably wood) cutting board. Form a well in the middle of the flour. Use a fork to gradually stir the flour into the egg yolk, little by little. Do your best not to breach the walls or the egg will run out. If this happens, simply work that egg into the flour. Drizzle the water across, and stir again. I like to use a dough scraper and/or my hands at this point in the process. Work the mass into a ball, kneading a couple of times if possible. You want to add as little water as possible beyond this, but enough that the dough comes together into a cohesive mass. To accomplish this, spray with water (or drizzle), and knead another few times. Repeat, adding more water, until you’re set. Easily prepared with KitchenAide.
At this point you’re going to transfer the dough to a clean surface and knead for a solid five minutes, even better if you can hold out for ten. You’ll sense when then dough is happy, it develops a nice shine and elasticity. Better to err on the long side versus short at this point in the process. When finished, form into a ball, wrap tightly in plastic, and allow to rest, at room temperature, for at least 30 minutes before rolling out. If you have an extruder, this makes a nice dough for extruded pasta shapes, but rolls out into noodles beautifully as well. This is the approach we’re going to talk through today.
Rolling pasta starts by slicing off a segment of dough, perhaps a bit larger than a golf ball. Immediately re-wrap the remaining dough to prevent it from drying out. You can either roll the pasta dough out by hand, and then slice into noodles, or start running the dough through a pasta machine’s widest setting. In either case, after the dough has started to flatten and stretch out (say, the middle setting on the pasta machine), fold the pasta strip on itself every 3-4 inches or so, aiming for three or four layers. Now, roll the pasta to its desired length and thickness. If you’re using the machine rotate the dough 90 degrees so the open edge of the pasta is feeding directly into the rollers. If at any point the dough gets too tacky, simply rub it with a bit of the flour you used in the dough.
Once the dough is at the desired thickness, run it through the cutting rollers on your pasta machine, or loosely roll the pasta into a tube, before slicing with a sharp knife. If you’re cutting by hand, you really want to make sure the dough isn’t going to stick, dust with just enough flour to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Transfer the noodles to a flat surface dusted with semolina flour. With a light touch, fluff the noodles with your fingertips, incorporating a bit of the flour if the dough is sticking at all. Form into little nests. At this point you can cook the pasta in boiling, well-salted water, hang it to dry, or freeze it for later use. I freeze in batches. Then defrost and roll and use in lasagna or pasta omitting the boiling stop for the lasagna.
Makes about 1 lb.
Prep time: 60 min – Cook time: 5 min


Egg free, dairy free, gluten free (use of oats), vegetarian, vegan, kid friendly… what else can I say??

Be sure your bananas are super ripe. I’ve only tested them with quick oats, so I’m not sure how they work with rolled oats. My gut tells me stick with the quick oats.

If you’re on Weight Watchers; each cookie is 1 points plus. Quick breakfast to go; 5 cookies and a piece of fruit = 5 point plus! Leave the nuts out, they are still 1 point each. Replace the nuts with mini chocolate chips… still 1 point. Make these today!

Healthy Cookies
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 93 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 4.5 g
Sodium: 0.4 mg
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup of uncooked quick oats*
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or use a Silpat.

Combine the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the walnuts and place a tablespoon of each on the cookie sheet.

Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.
*Use gluten free oats such as Bob’s Red Mill quick oats to make them gluten free.
Adapted from the Burlap Bag.


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